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I used to make $1,200 wk on gumtree au! Any changes on that site? New Proxies not working!

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by albertpikes, Jun 18, 2012.

  1. albertpikes

    albertpikes Newbie

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    Hi Everyone ... Hope you're all well ...


    Just joined today, Virgin here, but long time marketer (online & offline) I used to advertise my products in newspapers from 1996 till 2004 when newspaper readership turned into a paper turd that it was going to become eventually ... Still I used to make $450,000 -$500,000 a year in that time ... the off line marketing game was indeed good for what it was worth ...


    Just wondering if anyone out here is familiar with advertising down-under (AU) on the Gumtree classifieds site, which is now owned by ebay. I am semi-retired in Thailand and of course need to use Proxies to be able to place ads ...


    I've been using various VPS Hosting companies and always set up 20-30 different IP's/Proxies (squid script on Ubuntu) with each VPS Account - to set up my Gumtree accounts and promote main-stream affiliate products (CB) on gumtree for over a year now, everything worked great for over one year. Averaging $800-1,200 a week ... $$ Goes a long way in Thailand.


    As I mentioned, I promote Affiliate Products and - Exclusively only advertise on "Gumtree". Everything was going FINE until last Thursday, when I discovered that I could not LOG INTO Any of my current GUMTREE Accounts.


    That being said, my ads under any of my accounts are still live, not been deleted, I just usually log in and upgrade "bump up" the ads for $1.99, etc. So they get back on the front page!


    This time when i tried to log in Gumtree - into my accounts, it would show me this message:


    ************************************************** ******************
    Sorry, this email and password combination is not known. Please try again later.
    Don't forget that you can still post Ads without being signed in.
    ************************************************** ******************


    The Ironic thing is that If I request a password change, gumtree allows me to do that
    and than when i try to log in with the new password, the same message pops up.
    So - the accounts are active, but gumtree won't let me log in to any of them.


    And Yes I set up a different IP/Proxy with a brand New/Fresh "Hotmail or Yahoo" Email.


    In the past if my ads got flagged, they would than ban the IP after a few weeks of this
    happening) I actually used to get 2-3 different email accounts on each IP Address before
    they blocked the IP/Proxy.


    The 30 new IP/Proxies I just set up 2 weeks ago were working fine.


    I set up Gumtree Accounts on the first 10 of these IP's and posted a few ads, worked fine since beginning of June, until last thursday (14th June) like I mentioned.


    THIS IS WHEN IT GETS TRICKY ... AND I CANT WORK OUT WHY


    Now the remaining 20 IPs in that range were unused, I even tried to set up a new accounts on them (previously unused IP's) and the registration process goes fine, ? get the confirmation email from Gumtree, to confirm the new account, etc. ...


    Than when I try to log in with this Brand new/Never used Account on a fresh IP it won't let me log in and the same message as above appears on the gumtree log in page! !#??


    SO NOW BASICALLY EVEN THE BRAND NEW IP'S ARE BEING BLOCKED?!


    ** So I am curious to know whether you are aware of any security / firewall upgrades on the Gumtree site in Oz? ? That would detect proxies?


    ** Because the Gumtree accounts are active, as my mate in Aussie can log into one of my accounts, but I can't with using the corresponding proxy!?


    ** Do you think there is a possibility that they have a new system in place that would "Bulk Block" all the IPs in a particular range? Or exclusively block all IP's originating from my Host.


    ** Would you suggest trying a Completely new VPS - Web host that will provide a whole new range of IP's? ? Or is there a known solution to this problem?


    ** Has this happened to you or did you hear of anyone else having recent log in problems with gumtree?


    ANY AND ALL ADVICE WOULD BE APPRECIATED ? SORRY IF THIS IS NOT THE RIGHT SECTION TO POST THIS THREAD ... NOT SURE WHERE TO START


    Look forward to your reply ?